What we're about

Welcome to Hiking With Dean, the largest and most popular hiking group in the country and 2nd largest in the world (after Hong Kong Hiking Meetup)*

We meet regularly on the weekends for hikes mostly in and around the Santa Monica Mountains, between Pt Mugu to the west and Will Rogers State Park to the east. The Santa Susanas are another range we play in. Our group is known for doing these hikes a little differently than the hiking books describe them. So if you are tired of the same old hikes check out our versions!

I also provide hike reports so that you can review your adventures when you get home.

Once a month or so we'll leave our comfort zone and explore the trails of Orange County and Palos Verdes. During the Spring and Summer months I'll be leading evening and full moon hikes during the week (byob!).

Beginners are welcome to join the group and attend our easy and beginner hikes.

As a HWD member you are eligible to join our VIP Hiking Club (http://vip.hikingwithdean.com/). For just $1.00 per month you can enjoy many benefits not available in other groups, for example, breakfast at the trail head, free prizes and other goodies, hiking secret and forbidden trails, no waiting lists, etc. Sounds better than the usual "please donate" doesn't it? For more information please visit the VIP web site (http://vip.hikingwithdean.com/).


• Don't be a flake by signing up and not showing up

• No dogs unless indicated in hike description (our special dog-friendly hikes)

The following is not a rule, but if you want to avoid being a victim of sarcastic remarks do not ask how long a hike is going to take. Hint: An eight mile hike takes about twice as long as a four mile hike.

*HWD has the largest membership per capita leader

Please, no dogs unless otherwise indicated in hike description.

Proud Member of:

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council
California State Parks Foundation
The Mountains Restoration Trust
Montecito Trails Foundation
Conejo Open Space Foundation

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A Few Testimonials

Dean is a wonderful leader. He really paid attention to the needs of the group. He facilitated the group, but didn't control the group. I will attend again -- Kimmy

If Dean [one of the original SoCal Meetup-ers mind you] would ever write a book on hiking SoCal [as he rightfully should] it would be a must-buy. Dean is both knowledgeable and adventurous. Conscientious and kind. I would have no problem hiking with Dean anywhere. - Les

Dean is a great hike leader. He knows the trails. — Lydia

The group leader Dean is very conscious of all of us hikers as a group. We all get to trek at our own pace comfortably and still stay together.He's got an agenda planned with an extra twist on where we are going to hike. — elyse

Dean is an excellent group leader who knows the trails very well. He is always looking out for the welfare of his hikers. The group attracts some of the most pleasant people you can hope to meet. — Bruce

What can I say? This group ROCKS!!! Some of the friendliest people I have met and the Organizer, Dean is a sweetheart! - Sara

Dean has organized the best group of hikers who like to hike and have fun. — Blake

Dean is extremely knowledgeable and serves up a seemingly endless array of hikes. A very pleasant and down-to-earth group of people who are easy to get to know ... and like — Drew

Dean is a strong hike leader with a friendly and outgoing group of people who know how to have fun while hiking - Laura

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Upcoming events (3)

Ridge Route to Parker Mesa Overlook - Los Liones Loop - Lunch at Reel Inn

Perched high above the Palisades and Malibu, the vista from the Parker Mesa Overlook is stunning. You can see all of the LA basin laid out before you, the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, Catalina Island to the south, and the crescent shaped coastline of Santa Monica to the east. This isn't your usual Parker Mesa Hike! Our ridge route starts near the Los Liones Canyon trailhead and makes a bee-line up a ridge to the Overlook with a 1400 ft gain in a mere 1.5 miles. Some parts are steep and loose. You've been warned! At the top, on the Parker Mesa Overlook, there are a couple of benches where we can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Los Angeles coastline and a snack. We will return via the hilly side trails of E Topanga Fireroad, and the beautiful Los Liones Canyon The Los Liones Trail weaves through a lush canyon just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Slivers of big blue sea can be seen from much of the ivy and chaparral-lined canyon ***The No Fireroad rule will be in effect!*** This strenuous hike is a relatively short 5-mile loop, but packs a wallop with about 2100 feet of total ascent, and will bring you home much earlier than an equivalently challenging longer hike. Directions From Santa Monica or Malibu: Take the Pacific Coast Highway and turn on Sunset Boulevard. Go 0.3 miles on Sunset, take a left on Los Liones and drive half a mile to the end of the street. Park on the right side of the street in the lot across from the church. There is plenty of free street parking, as well as two lots near picnic areas and restrooms.

Let's Help Rebuild Paramount Ranch & Other Hiking Areas

To Be Determined - HWD

The Woolsey Fire has burned almost 90% of the parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Park Service has surveyed the damage to Western Town in Paramount Ranch — the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to telling the story of America’s film industry. Paramount Ranch served as the starting point our popular "From Colorado to Korea" hike on the former set of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman. Paramount Ranch has been an active filming area since 1927, with more than 300 films, commercials, television shows, and web videos shot in the park. Even during shoots, the public was allowed to access the park and potentially get a chance to see Hollywood at work. The Damage to Western Town Western Town is – for all intents and purposes – gone. The vast majority of the structures built as sets, including two from the original Paramount Ranch built in the 20s and a building used as a residence by an on-site ranger were burned to the ground. Two buildings that survived the fire were the train station built for “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and a church built for “Westworld.” Rebuilding Western Town If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity in the Santa Monica Mountains once these agencies are ready for your help, please fill out this Jotform -- https://form.jotform.com/83166857030155 -- and tell them you are with Hiking With Dean hiking group. Once the region is safe for volunteers, the NPS get in touch with you. They will also keep you informed about volunteer opportunities as they arise, but not until after Jan 7. Follow NPS instructions in email. Let's get out there to give our Santa Monica Mountains a little TLC as they heal!

VIP Event: GPS Class

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Event details at https://www.hikingwithdean.com/event/gps-class/ I get a lot of questions on the trail from GPS owners about GPS usage, but its difficult to give tutorials without stopping the entire group. I think some free classes would be a good thing. There may be an indoor part also. If you don't have a gps and just want to check them out in action before purchasing that's ok too. If you are looking to purchase a gps these are my expert recommendations: Garmin Etrex Touch 35 - https://amzn.to/2NftMgV Garmin Oregon 700 - https://amzn.to/2Qu7tWQ Garmin Montana 610 - https://amzn.to/2QpfKez There is more to these devices than orienteering and I don't think the orienteering outings I have seen are adequate. Feel free to post questions or comments in the comment section Due to high interest and class size the class/hike will be limited to VIP Club members only. If you see yourself being removed from event, that is the reason. See http://www.hikingwithdean.com for details

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